Systems Engineering and Management Systems Engineering and Management

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science & Naveen Jindal School of Management

Course Descriptions

Thinking of applying to the traditional master’s program? Take a look at some of the systems engineering and systems management courses offered here at UT Dallas. We also recommend that you view our Degree Plan page and our Career Path page to get an idea of what to expect from the program and what engineering and management careers you can pursue upon graduation.

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Engineering Courses

SYSM 6301 Systems Engineering, Architecture and Design (3 credit hours)
Architecture and design of large-scale and decentralized systems from technical and management perspectives. Systems architectures, requirements analysis, design trade-offs, and reliability through case studies and mathematical techniques. International standardization bodies, engineering frameworks, processes, notations and tool support from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6302 Dynamics of Complex Networks and Systems (3 credit hours)
Design and analysis of complex interconnected networks and systems. Basic concepts in graph theory, Eulerian and Hamiltonian graphs, traveling-salesman problems, random graphs, power laws, small-world networks, clustering, introduction to dynamical systems, stability, chaos and fractals.
Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6303 (OPRE 6301) Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business (3 credit hours)
Introduction to statistical and probabilistic methods and theory applicable to situations faced by managers. Topics include: data presentation and summarization, regression analysis, fundamental probability theory and random variables, introductory decision analysis, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and One Way ANOVA (Some sections of this class may require a laptop computer). Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6304 (OPRE 6335) Risk and Decision Analysis (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the main concepts and methods of risk assessment, risk management and decision analysis. The methods used in industry, such as probabilistic risk assessment, Six Sigma and reliability, are discussed. Advanced methods from economics and finance (decision optimization and portfolio analysis) are presented. Prerequisites: SYSM 6303 or OPRE 6301

SYSM 6305 Optimization Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
Basics of optimization theory, numerical algorithms and applications. The course is divided into three main parts: linear programming (simplex method, duality theory), unconstrained methods (optimality conditions, descent algorithms and convergence theorems) and constrained minimization (Lagrange multipliers, Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions, active set, penalty and interior point methods). Applications in engineering, operations, finance, statistics, and more will be emphasized. Students also will use Matlab’s optimization toolbox to obtain practical experience with the material. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6306 (BMEN 6372/MECH 6314) Engineering Systems: Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
This course will present principles of computational modeling and simulation of systems. General topics covered include: parametric and non-parametric modeling, system simulation, parameter estimation, linear regression and least squares, model structure and model validation through simulation, and numerical issues in systems theory. Techniques covered include methods from numerical linear algebra, nonlinear programming and Monte Carlo simulation, with applications to general engineering systems. Modeling and simulation software is utilized (MATLAB/SIMULINK). Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6307 (EECS 6331/MECH 6300) Linear Systems (3 semester hours)
State space methods of analysis and design of linear dynamical systems. Coordinate transformations and tools from advanced linear algebra. Controllability and observability. Lyapunov stability analysis. Pole assignment, stabilizability, detectability. State estimation for deterministic models, observers. Introduction to the optimal linear quadratic regulator problem. Prerequisites: EE 4310 or MECH 4310 or equivalents

SYSM 6308 (SE 6356/CS 6356) Software Maintenance, Evolution and Re-Engineering (3 credit hours)
Principles and techniques of software maintenance. Impact of software development process on software justifiability, maintainability, evolvability and planning of release cycles. Use of very high-level languages and dependencies for forward engineering and reverse engineering. Achievements, pitfalls and trends in software re-use, reverse engineering and re-engineering. Prerequisites: CE/CS/SE 5354 or consent of instructor

SYSM 6309 (SE 6361/CS 6361) Advanced Requirements Engineering (3 credit hours) System and software requirements engineering. Identification, elicitation, modeling, analysis, specification, management and evolution of functional and non-functional requirements. Strengths and weaknesses of different techniques, tools and object-oriented methodologies. Interactions and trade-offs among hardware, software and organization. System and sub-system integration with software and organization as components of complex, composite systems. Transition from requirements to design. Critical issues in requirements engineering. Prerequisites: CS/SE 5354 or consent of instructor

SYSM 6310 (SE 6367/CE 6367/CS 6367) Software Testing, Validation and Verification (3 credit hours)
Fundamental concepts of software testing. Functional testing. GUI-based testing tools. Control flow-based test adequacy criteria. Data flow-based test adequacy criteria. White box-based testing tools. Mutation testing and testing tools. Relationship between test adequacy criteria. Finite state machine-based testing. Static and dynamic program slicing for testing and debugging. Software reliability. Formal verification of program correctness. Prerequisites: CE/CS/SE 5354 or consent of instructor

SYSM 6321 Financial Engineering (3 credit hours)
Introduction to finance and investments from an engineering perspective. Focuses on the principles underlying financial decision making which are applicable to all forms of investment: stocks, bonds, real estate, project budgeting, corporate finance and more. Intended for students with strong technical backgrounds who are comfortable with mathematical arguments. Primary components: deterministic finance (interest rates, bonds and simple cash-flow analysis); single-period uncertainty finance (portfolios of stocks and pricing theory). Prerequisites: Calculus I and II, basic probability (ENGR 3341 or equivalent)

SYSM 6325 Requirements Development and Integration for Complex Systems (3 semester hours)
Building on the premise that systems engineering is the “glue” that holds complex programs together, this course will teach the foundations of effective requirements development for complex systems. Students will learn principles and techniques used for early lifecycle development of system requirements. Additional topics will include an understanding of impacts of reliability, availability, maintainability, supportability, and transportability (RAMS-T) on complex systems, though deterministic and stochastic modeling and analysis, and effective system integration planning. Practical skills are developed through the use of case studies and a significant group project. Corequisite: SYSM 6301, Systems Engineering and Architecture and Design

SYSM 6326 Systems Lifecycle Cost Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course will provide an understanding of system lifecycle cost analysis concepts (also known as systems affordability) and the lifecycle cost process. The course will examine importance of using these concepts when attempting to make the best possible engineering and business decisions. The concepts will include special emphasis on the analysis and evaluation of alternatives by collectively weighing costs, risks, reliability, weight, performance, and other benefit/risk parameters. Topics will include total ownership cost, various estimating methods and techniques (including sensitivity and some risk analysis), cost analysis process, system trade studies, and system cost effectiveness. The course will culminate with guided research related to the application of these concepts on student-focused subjects.

SYSM 6327 Systems Reliability (3 semester hours)
This course will provide an advanced understanding of reliability analysis of complex systems, including many of its extended analysis focus areas like availability, maintainability, and supportability (RAMS). Course analysis variables include stress under various conditions, the use of degradation data, relationships between accelerated stresses and normal operating conditions, dependability failures, repairable and non-repairable components, preventive maintenance, replacement, and inspection, and accelerated life reliability models, to name a few. The course will also address important reliability metrics, and the impact of reliability in the design, development and management of organizations.

SYSM 6V70 Research In Systems Engineering and Management (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) For pass/fail credit only.

SYSM 6V80 Special Topics in Systems Engineering and Management (1–6 semester hours) For letter grade credit only. (May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.)

SYSM 6V90 Thesis (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) For pass/fail credit only.

Management Courses

SYSM 6311 (OPRE 6362) Systems Project Management (3 credit hours)
Systems project management is the discipline of planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. The course will cover critical path methods for planning and controlling projects including time and cost trade-offs, resource utilization, organizational design, conflict resolution and stochastic considerations. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6312 (FIN 6301) Systems Financial Management (3 credit hours)
Theoretical and procedural considerations in the administration of the finance function in the individual business firm; planning, fundraising, controlling of firm finances; working capital management, capital budgeting and cost of capital. Pre-/Co-requisite: OPRE 6301 and Pre-/Co-requisite ACCT 6201/6305, Or Pre-/Co-requisite MECO 6303 or consent of instructor.

SYSM 6313 (OB 6332 / HMGT 6324) Systems Negotiating and Dispute Resolution (3 credit hours)
This course explores the theories, processes and practical techniques of negotiation so that students can successfully negotiate and resolve disputes in a variety of situations including interpersonal, group and international settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding influence and conflict-resolution strategies; identifying interests, issues and positions of the parties involved; analyzing co-negotiators, their negotiation styles, and the negotiation situations; and managing the dynamics associated with most negotiations. Practical skills are developed through the use of simulations and exercises. Prerequisites: OB 6301 or consent of instructor

SYSM 6315 (ENTP 6398) The Entrepreneurial Experience (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide student teams with practical experience in the investigation, evaluation and recommendation of technology and/or market entry strategies for a significant new business opportunity. Projects will be defined by the faculty and will generally focus on emerging market opportunities defined by new technologies of interest to a sponsoring corporate partner. Teams will be comprised of management and engineering graduate students, mentored by faculty and representatives of the partnering company. Evaluation will be based on papers, presentations and other deliverables defined on a case-by-case basis. Prerequisites: ENTP 6370 or consent of instructor

SYSM 6316 (ENTP 6388) Innovation Within the Corporation (3 credit hours)
Intrapreneurs are the entrepreneurs within established corporations who combine innovation, creativity and leadership to develop and launch new products, new-product lines and new business units that grow revenues and profits from within. The course seeks to equip student with the skills and perspectives required to initiate new ventures and create viable businesses in dynamic and uncertain environments in the face of organizational inertia and other sources of resistance to innovation. Course topics include the elements of strategic analysis and positioning for competitive advantage in dynamic markets, and the structuring, utilization and mobilization of the internal resources of existing firms in the pursuit of growth and new market opportunities. Prerequisites: SYSM 6333 or consent of instructor

SYSM 6318 (MKT 6301) Marketing Management and Marketing Systems Analysis (3 credit hours)
Overview of marketing management methods, principles and concepts including product, pricing, promotion and distribution decisions. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6319 (MECO 6303) Business Economics (3 credit hours)
Foundations of the economic analysis of business problems, with special emphasis on the operation of markets and the macroeconomy. Prerequisite: MATH 5304 or equivalent.

SYSM 6320 (BPS 6332) Strategic Leadership (3 credit hours)
Addresses the challenge of leading organizations in dynamic and challenging environments. Overall goal is to not only question one’s assumptions about leadership, but also to enhance skills and acquire new content knowledge. Topics include visionary and transformational leadership, post-heroic leadership, empowerment, leveraging and combining resources, designing organizations, and ethics. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6332 (ENTP 6375) Technology and New Product Development (3 semester hours)
This course addresses the strategic and organizational issues confronted by firms in technology-intensive environments. The course reflects six broad themes: (1) managing firms in technology-intensive industries; (2) forecasting key industry and technology trends; (3) linking technology and business strategies; (4) using technology as a source of competitive advantage; (5) organizing firms to achieve these goals; and (6) implementing new technologies in organizations. Students will analyze actual situations in organizations and summarize their findings and recommendations in an in-depth term paper. Case studies and class participation are stressed. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6333 (OB 6301) Systems Organization Behavior (3 semester hours)
The study of human behavior in organizations. Emphasizes theoretical concepts and practical methods for understanding, analyzing and predicting individual, group and organizational behavior. Topics include work motivation, group dynamics, decision making, conflict and negotiation, leadership, power, and organizational culture. Ethical and international considerations are also addressed. Prerequisites: none

SYSM 6334 (OPRE 6302) Systems Operations Management – Manufacturing & Service Systems (3 semester hours)
Operations Management integrates all of the activities and processes that are necessary to provide products and services. This course overviews methods and models that will help managers make better operating decisions over time. How these methods will allow firms to operate both manufacturing and service facilities in order to compete in a global environment will also be discussed. Prerequisite: OPRE 6301 or department consent required.

SYSM 6335 Organizing for Business Analytics: A Systems Approach
The course is aimed at developing conceptual understanding of Business Analytics and key business drivers that lead to business initiatives in this area. The course will take a systems and organizational approach to look at how decision makers in key functional areas of an enterprise rely on business analytics, develop your understanding about analytical techniques that are useful in key functional areas, and key roles that are played by business analytics professionals. This course places on emphasis on helping students learn about making the business case for analytics through defining and executing strategy, and how to successfully integrate analytical processes, technology, and people in all aspects of business operations.

SYSM 6336 Earned Value Management System (EVM) (3 semester credit hours) This course introduces the earned value management (EVM) concept for effective project adminitration which allows project teams to have a solid visibility in terms of cost, schedule and technical progress of a project/program. This course investigates the practical application of EVM for any size project and explains how all project activities are planned, budgeted, and scheduled in time-phased increments and how the performance is measured. The EVM approach allows managers to develop a project framework to handle the competing requirements of managing limited resources and meeting a fixed duration. Instructor consent required.

SYSM 6337 Accounting for Managers (3 semester credit hours)
Fundamental concepts in accounting and financial reporting are presented from the perspective of business managers. May not be used to fulfill degree requirements in MS Accounting.

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